UK suicide rate rises ‘significantly’

The number of people taking their own life in the UK rose “significantly” in 2011, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

Some 6,045 people killed themselves in 2011, an increase of 437 since 2010.

The highest suicide rate was among men aged between 30 and 44. About 23 men per 100,000 took their own lives.

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On average, across both sexes, 11.8 people per 100,000 population killed themselves in 2011, up from 11.1 people the previous year.

The ONS data revealed there were 4,552 suicides by men in 2011, more than double the number of women. Suicides among women stood at 1,493.


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